Apple has started training Apple Store retail staff in the UK on its iPhone trade-in programme, indicating the two-month-old initiative will soon launch in the country.

9to5Mac has reported - citing the usual unnamed sources, naturally - that the iPhone trade-in programme will actually launch in the UK in the coming months. The website also claimed that Apple plans to begin training in other European countries.

That said, the UK launch should come first. Staff at a few UK stores have already begun training on the programme, though it will still be a few weeks before training occurs at all stores across the country. As in the US, BrightStar will handle the trade-in programme in the UK, according to 9to5Mac.

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Apple initially launched an iPhone trade-in programme for US Apple Stores in August, with no firm plans as to when the initiative would be available in the UK or other regions. 

Since there's been no official word from Apple about an expansion of its iPhone trade-in program to other markets, we've contacted the company for a comment, and we'll update when more information becomes available.